3 Opportunities to Pray and Sing
August 15th we will be Blessing Backpacks in our worship service at 11:00 in the sanctuary. We are inviting all our kids to bring their backpacks to church as we bless them and pray over our students as they begin their new school year! If you have students in your family or neighbors or friends you would like to invite to join us we would love to see them as we lift them up before they set off into this new school year.
We won’t only be praying for our own students on August 15th. The Grimes Country Ministerial Fellowship has once again organized an opportunity to join the other churches in our community to pray over the schools in our county. gathering at New Hope Church (2159 TX-105) starting at 5 p.m. We will have a brief time of praise, worship, and prayer before members from each church are dismissed to go to their designated schools to pray.
FUMC has been assigned to pray over W.B. Bizzell Academy (the old Webb elementary building) – 1604 Stacey St. Please come and join us as we pray our students, teachers, and staff into this new school year!
The West District Hymn Sing will also be held on August 15th. Join us for a Festival of Hymns, Sunday the 15th at 6:00 PM, where we will raise our voices to sing the great hymns of the faith. We will gather in the Christ UMC College Station, sanctuary and together with churches across the District become the choir that will lift our voices to our Father in heaven. We will sing hymns, gospel songs, and modern songs, all accompanied by a variety of instruments and groups. You do not need to be a choir member to come, all are welcome! Following the festival we will enjoy Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Guidelines for Worship Services
It has been a difficult time of social distancing over the past two months. So much has happened in our lives, the lives of our families, and our community both local and national. In the past, dealing with these difficulties and victories would have been much more bearable and celebratory as we attended worship together. The good news is we are ready to begin to meet again in our sanctuary for worship on June 7th! We will hold one service at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary. While we are excited for this time of praising God together again, it will be very different than the worship that we shared pre-pandemic. In consultation with our Conference leaders and the Methodist medical community we have been presented with clear guidelines we must follow to hold a worship service in our sanctuary.
Listed here are the guidelines we will be following:
-Every other pew will be available with non-available pews being roped off
-Six foot distance between worshiping individuals or families
-Hand sanitizer available as attendees enter the building
-Face masks are required
-We will not be passing offertory plates
-We will have a basket near the doors as we enter and exit to receive offering gifts
-There will be no printed bulletins
-An usher will be taking attendance at the door to ensure we have record of all who attend and a valid phone number to contact them in case we find that someone who has attended service has tested positive for COVID-19
In order to adhere to these guidelines we have had to make certain changes to our standard service order and the physical space we share. To implement these guidelines we will:
-Ask that you please bring a mask of your own; we will have a limited number available if you do not have one
-Doors into the sanctuary will be opened by ushers to limit touching of door handles
-We will not have children’s chat during service and there will be no children’s Sunday school
-The only doors that will be unlocked are those that lead into the sanctuary main entrance and the handicap accessible side door into the sanctuary
By taking these precautions we believe that we can provide a safe, socially-distant environment for worship. These are not small changes. These changes are not going to work for everyone. We know that now may not be the time for you and your family to return to the sanctuary for worship. While we do not anticipate it to be a problem; we may have to turn away people who wish to worship with us due to the lower capacity of our sanctuary under these guidelines. However, our diligence in following these guidelines is essential to following John Wesley’s first general rule to give Christians a guide for living a faithful life, “Do no harm.” Please pray first over attending worship under these guidelines and then make the right decision for you and your family. We hope to see you soon. If you have any questions about our new guidelines please call the church office at 936.825.3342.